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AskSouvik: Which B School to Apply | AMA| - 2019 edition!

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Most people are familiar with my story on the forum. The TL;DR version is that I applied to a bunch of schools in 2016, got rejected in most of them, and then turned it around in 2017 and got a lot of admits/interviews and such. I posted my GMAT story HERE and a brief version of my admission and application insights HERE.

Since doing these two posts, I have been getting a lot of PM's about whether the GMAT is enough or whether applying to a certain school makes sense, and honestly, I have not been able to keep up with those PM's.

So this is my attempt to set up shop for my completely non-qualified and anecdotal advice. A place where I will entertain profile evaluation requestions, school strategy and positioning, and some general unadulterated feedback.

Go ahead, and Ask Me Anything!

Edit: I have no aspirations of becoming an admissions consultant. I am playing with the idea of helping others with basic stuff like school selection and resume review, but of course, it will always be free!


UPDATE - May 10, 2019 - After a long sabbatical, I am back! First year at Ross was great and I have some downtime to answer more questions. Throw me those profile evals and school strategy questions!
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Bhavz10 - Sorry for getting this late! Missed this one and now that holidays are in, I am back answering questions on the AMA thread.

I think your profile looks GREAT! (You don't really need your high school scores for your MBA)!

With the right GMAT, you can pretty much go anywhere you'd like. Your pick of Indian and European schools are certainly achievable but why not US schools?

Also, I would love to know what you want to pursue after business school, both short and long term!


Bhavz10 wrote:
Hey! great initiative!

Would love a profile evaluation from you.
Indian female
Age 28
Chartered accountant
X std 93% (GPA 4)
XII std 88% (GPA 4)
Graduation 86% (GPA 4)

Best article award during first year of articleship in top 5 accounting firms in india

2 years work experience in EY in corporate and international taxation where I was extensively involved in restructuring taxation models for Indian counterparts of telecom companies abroad and did lot of tax compliance and litigation related work.
1 year 8 months as taxation manager in another company- compliance, litigation and tax advisory role.
Left it to pursue a job in government sector.
Now working as an administrative officer accounts specialist in one of the 4 general insurance PSUs in India since a year.I am handling the coinsurance business of more than Rs 300 crore for my regional office.

On extra curricular front, I have been one of the few Indian delegates at the Harvard Project for Asian and International relations (HPAIR) held in Hongkong in 2016 in the Humanitarian tracks.
I have learnt lot of different dance styles and had my own belly dance classes for a while.

I want to apply for the one year MBA programs next year as my experience would be over 5 years and I would like to move out of government sector to core strategy roles.

Would love some insights on my profile and my chances at IIMA, IIMB, IIMC, IIML, SPJIMR, ISB and some European schools like LBS, Oxford , INSEAD etc.

Planning to take GMAT early next year with expected score 700+ and will only apply if I get 720+. I had scored 700 in 2016 GMAT .

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Hi Souvik,

Great initiative. I look forward to submitting my profile here in the near future.
For now, let me start by posting a question that concerns a lot of candidates but yet somehow often gets ignored.
Where do you see the future of GRE w.r.t the GMAT in the coming years.

In 2017, of 50 top business schools examined by Poets&Quants, 18 saw more than 20% of their applicants submit GRE scores, up from only eight schools in 2016.

Putting aside MBB recruiting( which requires you to take the GMAT), do you think GRE will be able to catch up with the GMAT in terms of B-school admits ?

What is your perspective about the whole GRE vs GMAT conundrum?

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2 things.

1. GMAT is still the norm. GRE acts as an alternative OR a way out for people who already have a GRE score.
2. GRE scores are not yet common enough (though this year most schools have published GRE averages) to be included in rankings. So few people may consider this a leeway. For example a candidate with a 680 GMAT and a 320 GRE might fare well with applying with the GRE score as US news does not factor in the GRE for rankings. This is all speculative though.

However, you bring out a valid point in terms of recruitment. In theory, the GMAT is a significantly more of a critical reasoning test than the GRE, so I do not see its appeal wearing off for consulting recruitment in the near future. Maybe the quant portion of the GRE may cover for it but at this point GRE quant is significantly simpler than its GMAT rival.
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Apologies for the delayed response :/

Hi souvik101990,

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Thanks for coming up with such a initiative. Kindly suggest some schools as per my profile and requirement.
Below is a brief summary of my profile:


You are welcome

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Name: Ankit Kaushik
Nationality: Indian
WE: 55 months (IT)
GMAT: 710 (Q-50, V-35)


WE wise you are at the sweet spot. Your GMAT is a bit skewed to the quant side, which I am sure you know already. Could it work for some mid tier schools? Absolutely! Top 10-20 schools? I'd be nervous!


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Extra Curricular:
1. Participated in state level cricket and football tournaments
2. Part of sports club in Tech Mahindra (My previous organization)
3. Conducted some organization-level events
4. Frequent traveler (Traveled across 75% of India) -- not sure whether this comes under extra curricular


state level cricket is a pretty big deal. However almost all indians I know somehow have played state level cricket. I think the events are a nice touch, especially if you can quantify some of the outcomes. Why did you conduct them? Were there challenges? Did you emerge a more accomplished individual from that experience? Same questions for the sports club experience. The travel is not an extracurricular. By 75% of India, what do you mean? 75% of Indian states which is about 20 states is impressive but only so much. If you mean 75% cities (which I think you do not), that would be a great accomplishment.

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Academic Background:

1. B.Tech(IT)- 69.96%
2. XII- 61.6%
3. X- 90.6%


I hope you know this by now that your high school scores do not matter in international business school programs. Your undergraduate percentage seems on the lower end. What was your rank in your class?

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Awards & Achievements:

1. Constantly awarded top performer award
2. Certified Hadoop developer
3. Winner of several intra-organization sports events


Top performer out of? Could you say you were in the top 1%ile of your city/org/etc? The intra organisation sports event also is not really an award so to speak. I am not sure what Hadoop is, but it is great that you are certified. How difficult it is to get certified? Is it as competitive and difficult as CPA/CFA?

School Preference:

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I am mainly looking for a 1-year (at max 15-months) MBA program preferably in English speaking country. I am not looking for US or UK colleges as there are certain work permit related issues. I want to work in consultancy or data analytics. And as one needs to be fluent in local language to fetch consultancy jobs, so I am preferring English speaking countries. While selecting schools, I am feeling that taking GMAT is just 10% of the total effort :-). If I start taking language classes in India, will I be fluent enough to get a job?


That would really depend. Some EU countries are more liberal about english than others. For example, Netherlands, Blegium, and Denmark - you could get away with english. It would be an issue in Germany.

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Below are some schools that I am considering:

1. SDA Bocconi
2. HHL
3. Smurfit
4. Warwick (UK) --not sure about the Visa after graduation
5. Queen's (Canada)
6. SP Jain (India) as for ISB I've to wait till December for a decision


The schools that you have listed *should be* achievable with your profile but its hard to judge as they are not very traditional top programs. That being said have you considered the ASU MBA? It is a top 25 US MBA program and you can get an additional MS in data analytics which will STEM certify your MBA and extend your OPT for two years! And did I mention that the ASU Carey MBA fee is $0? Since becoming a fully gratis MBA, it has become more selective, but worth a shot. Also look at Foster, Seattle - it is great with Tech. So is Olin.
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Hello Souvik,

I recently gave the GMAT and scored about 710 (Q47 V40). I'm 25 years old with 1.5 years of work experience, and have no engineering/commerce/business background. I am an English major who did a masters in public relations (which was the field I worked in for said 1.5 years), and am looking to get an MBA to pursue marketing. I am currently trying to make the switch to marketing by looking for a job that will offer me such a role to get hands on experience of the kind of work it entails.

More about my education, I scored 95% in class 10, 91% in class 12, after which I pursued one year of engineering which I later quit to study literature. In terms of extra curricular activities, I was an active parliamentary debater in college and held leadership positions. I also topped my college during my post grad in public relations.

My initial plan was to apply for ISB (batch to 2020), but I have been told that the average work ex is 4 years, and they might not look favourably at my low quant score (63 percentile) despite getting an overall 91 percentile. I am also uncertain about studying abroad since it is quite difficult for students who choose marketing to get work visas in the country of study, and recovering the cost of the MBA in India might not be a good idea.

I will be looking to retake the GMAT in the next couple of months to improve my quant score, only if ISB is a viable choice for someone with my profile. I am not sure what the preference (or lack of) is like for media/advertising students applying to ISB.

Could you advise how I should go ahead with this? Do I need to retake the GMAT and what score would help me present myself favorably to admission committees, given that I have a very unconventional profile. Do I also look at schools abroad, and which would be good schools to target? Would it be wise to apply with my current score?

Thanks!


Thanks for sharing your profile. You have charted some different territories which is really refreshing to see. It is not a usual - oh I did engineering and then did an IT role at TCogSys. I don't think dropping out of engineering to study literature will be seen negatively - in fact if you can prove your quant chops (ergo - GMAT), it might put you in a specific advantage to some of the schools. You are right in thinking that marketing roles are hard because of H1B restrictions, but if you research more you will find that product marketing (PMM) roles in tech is quite common in companies like Amazon, Google (google does not do PMM but they call it something else) or other big tech companies. For CPG, I know for a fact that Kraft hires internationals and sponsors their visa, so it's a fair game. You could also do consulting for a few years, and then switch to marketing. My point is that being fixated at what you want to do when you are 25 years young might not be the best idea, in my humble opinion. Only a few years back you had thought engineering was a good fit - see what I mean?

Other than that, your 10th and 12th percentages don't matter at all in business school applications.

For ISB, yes your GMAT can be tricky BUT if you are a woman with leadership roles, that might cut it? I would still try to up the GMAT, which is great to see that you are already considering. What I do not know at all is details about your current job. What do you do right now? Do you have measurable impact? Do you manage people/projects? Do you do well under deadlines? Do you have analytical skills to back up that marketing goal? (I am sure you already know marketing is a lot more about analysing data than coming up with clever catchphrases). So if you have some of those leadership stories ironed out - you should be in a good place with top 20 US b schools assuming you crack a 730+ score. ISB will be more achievable that way as well.

All the best! Happy to answer follow ups.
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Name: Abhinav
Nationality: Indian
WE: 49 months (Oil & Gas) ( Project Management & Tech Operations)
I have been involved in construction & commissioning of an LNG terminal
GMAT: 710 (Q-50, V-36)

Extra Curricular:
1. Represented the university in various cricket tournaments
2. Prepared a technical review paper
3. Was the university sports secy
4. Organised a few events at the university

Academic Background:

B.Tech(Petroleum)- 74.6%

Awards & Achievements:

1. Was among the top 1% performers in the organisation
2. Was placed at the highest paying company from the university and I was among the top 5% of my batch ( i dnt know if this is an achievement )
3. Was a part of the school team in the district level tournaments conducted by the hyderabad Cricket asssociation

School Preference:

I am mainly looking for a 1-year (at max 15-months) MBA program preferably in English speaking country.I want to work in the general management or operations vertical. I am looking for colleges in any country , where in I could get into these business verticals. I have been waitlisted at ISB , but could no cut through after that.

As far as what I've experienced , i understood that the colleges generally pick those students , whom they would find no difficulty in placing. Can you please suggest me some good colleges ,where in my profile would suit

The colleges , which i am looking into are

NTU
NUS
ISB

Thanks in advance.
Abhinav


Abhinav - thank you for sharing your stats. As you might already know, the biggest favour that you can do to improve your chances is to up your GMAT. I am not really aware of a lot of 1-Y programs that might place you in a leadership ops role, but some of the really strong programs that are 1-Y in the US are Kellogg and Johnson. If you look beyond the US, you can try INSEAD, IE, IESE and other schools in Europe. I know you said English speaking, but I have heard some terrific reviews of operations post-MBA employment at Mannheim in Germany. Of course, language will be a big factor there. For Asian schools, I would add HKUST to the list. You should try learning Mandarin for that, but that also will be doing yourself a big favour.
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Hi Souvik,

Hope you are doing good. I was desperately look for some help and guidance. I am glad you created this thread. I will share a brief about my profile and then will mention the places where I am stuck.

GMAT - 700 (Q50, V34, AWA-5, IR-8). Work ex - 47 months as on date.


Grad & Work Ex:
I have done my graduation in Fashion Technology from National Institute of Fashion Technology. My college is regarded as the best fashion college in the country and is among the top 3 colleges in Asia. Right now I am working with the biggest apparel organisation in the country. I have reached middle management role in a very short duration and currently heading pan India operations team of my brand.

Profile
Qualitatively I have a strong profile. I have worked hard to build my profile over the last few years. I am national level athlete and a national level quiz medalist. I have led teams during my college days and have also worked for couple of spiritual and non-for-profit organisations in the past.


Reasons for MBA
Though I have got good success in the initial years of my career, a graduate degree won't be sufficient to take me to senior level roles in future. An MBA at this stage will definitely help in making my profile much stronger. A masters degree will also make me financially more stable.


Post MBA plans:
Post MBA I want to work in roles of Brand Management with specialization in the fields of Strategy and Marketing. I am open to industries outside the fashion industry though I wouldn't mind coming back to this industry.

I am planning to re-take GMAT again around mid July and try for R1 & R2 applications this year.

Dilemma

Foreign schools
I am skeptical about US schools because of the current geo-political situation. Under the given scenario I don't see any point in trying for a college outside top 30. Colleges within top 30 are quite expensive. Getting in these colleges is extremely tough with my score and scholarship seems a distant dream as of now.
Similar is the case for European colleges (LBS, Qxford, INSEAD,etc) and NUS.

Indian schools
In Indian schools, I can try for 1-year course of IIM A/B/C. I can't apply for B&C this year because of less experience. Though my profile is slightly unique, I am not 100% confident about IIM A at this stage. ISB seems like a good choice but an education loan of 45 L for an Indian school sounds scary. Moreover, with a batch strength of >800, things can get slightly tough during placements.

Inherently I am a very optimistic person and I always look for opportunities of growth and learning. But I am getting slightly skeptical at this stage because of the cost involved. There is absolutely no margin for error in this case. Even after 4 attempts, i have not been able to reach a score on which I can apply to colleges confidently.

The biggest question on my mind is - Which B School to Apply and I was very happy to see this thread.

Hope I have given all the required information for you to suggest the best course of action. Let me know if you need any other detail from my side. Will be looking forward to your reply.
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No one is reverting on this thread for almost a year now. I'll request someone from admin team to take a call if this thread needs to be continued.

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Hi Souvik!

Background :
Indian Female, 31 years old
GMAT : 740

Work experience:
1.(4 years) Inspector- Executive Officer in Ministry of Finance, Govt of India- GST & Central Excise. - I implement government tax policy. I have multiple quantifiable achievements here. Around 1200 companies fall under my jurisdiction.I supervise these companies, manage tax collection to meet tax targets.

2.(2 years) Reserve Bank of India - Dept of Banking Supervision Assistant - was involved in regulatory supervision of a Public sector bank.

3.(2 years) Tata Consultancy Services - Asst Systems Engineer. - involved in delivering information services to BFS client.

Education :
BE from non-IIT college with 82%
HSE - 96.8%

Volunteering :
1. Swacch bharat abhiyan - I have taken swacchta pledge and I implement the drive in and around my office locality
2.TCS maitree- sustainable development initiatives
3.Desire society - ngo for HIV affected children. I teach and share joy.
4.Financial literacy drive - RBI 5. Multiple tax outreach programs at district level

Extra curriculars - classical singer

Post MBA goal :
Short term - Consulting in MBB
Long team - want to start my own consultancy firm.

Target schools : Booth, Mit (sloan) ,Wharton,LBS, haas, Ross, tuck, darden, ISB, Insead.

My questions :
1.Are my target schools realistic and within my reach?
2.My Age, WE and transition to corporate sector...are my post mba goals suitable for my profile?
3.Should I retake Gmat?
4. I was thinking of exploring opportunities in Big 4 firms. Will the shift to Corporate taxation have any positive effect on my application?

I request your advise.

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Hello,

First off I am sorry I missed this message. A lot of pandemic-related move came in the way and I lost track of this thread. Thank you again for posting this and feel free to bump your post in the future if I have missed it.

I think you have done some great work to stand out from the typical Indian IT female crowd and your GMAT score is VERY good. I would not worry about retaking it at all. You are in great shape for R1 for next year but I am very curious to know how your goals may have changed thanks to COVID 19. In terms of your questions:

1. Yeah absolutely. You have a solid profile with a great GMAT. I think you are choosing well.

2. You are just a touch on the older side, but I am sure if you work hard and network well, you will have no problems recruiting for consulting. Consultants love diverse background such as yours. If you network well and land an interview, then it is upto your casing and behavioral interview skills.

3. Nope. ignore anyone who says you should.

4. I don't think so apart from getting a big name brand. You should make the move ONLY if you think you will enjoy it and learn new stuff. Also don't forget that you will leave the company soon (if you apply for schools and matriculate in a year) and your boss may have to write your recommendation letters.
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Hi Souvik!

First of all thank you for all the valuable insight you provide through your posts and videos. I have read almost all of your debriefs.
I am a pre-final year Mechanical engineering student at a top NIT with a CGPA of 9.23/10. I recently took the GMAT on the 16th of March,2020 and scored a 730 (Q50 V40 IR7 AWA 4.5). When i was at question 34 in verbal, the centre UPS failed and i missed the last three questions :| . I believe i can score at least 20-30 points more since i consistently scored about 750 in GMAT Prep Tests.

Here is a very brief profile description:

Academic Record: Consistently high scores (~95%) throughout school
Leadership: Former Captain of the State Chess Team, Current College Chess Team captain, Internship and Placement Coordinator
Internship Experience: 1 decent internship at an influencer marketing automation based start up and 1 at a MNC (put on hold due to the Covid-19 outbreak)
Social Volunteering: Decent, will build it more
Academic Merit and Sports Scholarships: Multiple sports and merit based scholarships.

My objective: To apply for deferred MBA programs or MIM programs
Career goals: Role in the finance sector or my own business venture (Socio-Tech)

My Questions:
1. Should i consider retaking the GMAT given my profile since i have some time before i start my applications?
2. Which schools do you recommend with the current score and profile?

Would absolutely love to have your feedback on my profile.
Thanks!


Thanks for the question. Here you go:

1. I would say yes. Considering you had that unfortunate incident with power at the test center and if you are confident you can score 20-30 points higher it would absolutely be helfpful. Being an Indian male engineeer, it is a tough road for below 740 folks so it might help.

2. You have not gathered any work experience, so it is really hard to say. I would recommend finding challenging work and building strong experiences and leadership skills. Some brand names on your resume will also be helpful. If you can get those, and a 750+ GMAT score, the sky is the limit really. With some solid goals and essays, top 10 schools can be totally achievable.
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Hi Souvik,
Thanks for taking out time to review my profile.

Indian male, 28, GMAT 740, Computer Engineer - Top 25 Univ. (72/100 - 4.00 as per GMAC)
Experience: 6.5 yrs work-ex across Social Impact Consulting (3 years), Non - profit research and software development
Currently: leading and mentoring a 5 member team in one of India's largest Social Impact Consulting firm - Engagement Manager: managing a 30million P&L, 20million sales GTM strategy. 2 promotions in 2.5 years - advice CXOs of large corporations, NGOs and multilateral orgs. on social sector strategy and advisory using research and data (think the application of machine learning on primary datasets)

In the current role:
1. Enabled Google to understand the Impact of its AI-powered mobile app to improve reading fluency of 1million kids across India - designed implementation strategy to scale impact from 9+ countries to 189 countries impacting 20million+ kids:
2. Helping Microsoft design its long term CSR strategy in India: impacting >1million youth
3. Impacting >10million people across India through strategic advisory support to CXOs of some of the largest social Impact programs of the world

Previously:
Grassroot Research at one of the world’s premier education non-profit
1. Enabled education policy level changes across 2 Indian states impacting >10million school going kid - Researched across 23 Indian states: remote rural locations: liaison with Central and state govt. enabling policy level changes
2. Managed world’s largest citizen-led student assessment in two Indian states: managing > 3000 volunteers

Strategic Advisory to a small non-profit
1. Designed, implemented and scaled a Design Thinking program to impact 10,000+ school students across 179 Indian schools - the program now scaling to over 600 schools across an Indian state - still using the strategy and models I developed for expansion
2. Enabling the migration of a unique teacher development program to a tech platform - acting as a product manager for the same

Software Developer for a year

Extracurricular
1. Developed a participatory policy-making software platform - selected as a semi-finalist at ASEM (ASEAN + Europe: 52 country-wide) stage
2. Two national finalist positions ( Top 20 in >100,000 participants)
3. Invited delegate- two global forums (among 250/5000 participants from 175 nationalities)
4. Youngest Invited speaker to India's largest Social Innovation Forum - presented a unique approach to social impact program implementation - whitepaper written on it by me will be out soon
5. Guest Faculty to 2 Top Indian MBA colleges - lecture Public sector leaders on strategic Social Impact
6. Mentor to 7 IIM students and CEO of a small NGO running innovative schools impacting 40,000+ students
7. Developed an emotion-based media player as a college major project - liquidated the same to a tech startup

Career motivation: traveled across the country for grassroots research and understood that the problem I want to solve is that of education and killing. Background in computer science and the emergence of data science provided the sweet spot to work at the intersection of technology being adaptive to a user's education and killing needs.

Short term goals: Want to enter the product management space as an AI product manager (already have developed and envisaged multiple tech products as mentioned above) to understand how tech products as envisaged - developed - marketed to impact at a global stage.

Long term: want to develop my own product that would work at an intersection of tech - education and killing to create impact in India and Africa.

Target schools: Stanford, Wharton, Yale, MIT in that order.

Could you please comment on my chances in these schools? What are the areas that I should focus on to improve my profile further? Any other schools you want me to add to the list?
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Hey! thanks for taking up this tedious task.
I scored a 670 gmat! I am looking a Mim one year programs.

Do i stand a chance at LBS, LSE or NUS?
Also what other schools would you recommend? Looking for september/january intake!

Here is a little background on my profile:

Age: 21 (Indian Female)
Class 10: cgpa 10
Class 12: 94.5%
Graduation: 70% ( First division from GNDU. Accredited with A status from Naac)

Internships:
*Accountancy Intern, Sports Specialist Pvt. Limited, Jalandhar (June 2015- August 2015)
*Management Intern, Universal Sports Industry (December 2015- February 2016)

Work Experience and background:

I come from a business family and eventually want to set up my own business.
Currently working with father since first year of college (which makes it 3 part time years till this summer and another 1 full time year by the time i start my masters)
Started from the basics. worked as the manager for a year and then expanded work and set up two independent units.
Working on 2 more new projects with him on which i've worked from the scratch.

Have a decent range of curricular activities and social work. ( sports, dance, MUN's, working in an Ngo, Promoting government's skill development program)

Thanks a lot

Also a few major concerns that you may have:

1) I am looking for masters in management! that is mim! not mba! so mim is basically for freshers with zero or upto one years of work ex!
2) I am among the toppers of my college and i had a scholarship too! its a well recognised univerisity of punjab!I got an aggregate of 70%! and the highest goes upto 75% percent! The marking is pretty strict and a 70% in the light of this feels okay and not too low in my opinion!
3) NUS doesnt even state a compulsion for making a gmat! its says if you have it, it'll strengthen your profile! I got a 670! I got a 5 awa and 6 IR! i am just confused if i should take it again! ( I dont want to! )
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New post 25 Jan 2018, 14:20
Hi Souvik,

Great initiative. I look forward to submitting my profile here in the near future.
For now, let me start by posting a question that concerns a lot of candidates but yet somehow often gets ignored.
Where do you see the future of GRE w.r.t the GMAT in the coming years.

In 2017, of 50 top business schools examined by Poets&Quants, 18 saw more than 20% of their applicants submit GRE scores, up from only eight schools in 2016.

Putting aside MBB recruiting( which requires you to take the GMAT), do you think GRE will be able to catch up with the GMAT in terms of B-school admits ?

What is your perspective about the whole GRE vs GMAT conundrum?

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Hey! thanks for taking up this tedious task.
I scored a 670 gmat! I am looking a Mim one year programs.

Do i stand a chance at LBS, LSE or NUS?
Also what other schools would you recommend? Looking for september/january intake!

Here is a little background on my profile:

Age: 21 (Indian Female)
Class 10: cgpa 10
Class 12: 94.5%
Graduation: 70% ( First division from GNDU. Accredited with A status from Naac)

Internships:
*Accountancy Intern, Sports Specialist Pvt. Limited, Jalandhar (June 2015- August 2015)
*Management Intern, Universal Sports Industry (December 2015- February 2016)

Work Experience and background:

I come from a business family and eventually want to set up my own business.
Currently working with father since first year of college (which makes it 3 part time years till this summer and another 1 full time year by the time i start my masters)
Started from the basics. worked as the manager for a year and then expanded work and set up two independent units.
Working on 2 more new projects with him on which i've worked from the scratch.

Have a decent range of curricular activities and social work. ( sports, dance, MUN's, working in an Ngo, Promoting government's skill development program)

Thanks a lot

Also a few major concerns that you may have:

1) I am looking for masters in management! that is mim! not mba! so mim is basically for freshers with zero or upto one years of work ex!
2) I am among the toppers of my college and i had a scholarship too! its a well recognised univerisity of punjab!I got an aggregate of 70%! and the highest goes upto 75% percent! The marking is pretty strict and a 70% in the light of this feels okay and not too low in my opinion!
3) NUS doesnt even state a compulsion for making a gmat! its says if you have it, it'll strengthen your profile! I got a 670! I got a 5 awa and 6 IR! i am just confused if i should take it again! ( I dont want to! )


First off, I don't have much experience with MiM programs, so my reply will be mostly based off of common sense. I looked up the LBS MiM Class profile HERE and it seems like their average GMAT is 680 and average GRE is around 323 - those are some high numbers. So you being an Indian - I would be nervous with a 670. You mention you do not want to retake the GMAT - I am sorry, but I have to recommend retaking or recalibrating your expectations. I am not sure about NUS but it would probably be less competitive than LBS, but I would still try for a higher GMAT.

Also, Kellogg offers a 1 year MS program which probably does not require the GMAT. I saw some similar programs for Duke and Ross as well so you could explore that. But note that you should be aiming at securing employment post this degree at the geography you are graduating from - which can be a bit more competitive than a more traditional program (i.e. the MBA).
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Hi souvik101990,

Thanks for coming up with such a initiative. Kindly suggest some schools as per my profile and requirement.
Below is a brief summary of my profile:

Name: Ankit Kaushik
Nationality: Indian
WE: 55 months (IT)
GMAT: 710 (Q-50, V-35)

Extra Curricular:
1. Participated in state level cricket and football tournaments
2. Part of sports club in Tech Mahindra (My previous organization)
3. Conducted some organization-level events
4. Frequent traveler (Traveled across 75% of India) -- not sure whether this comes under extra curricular

Academic Background:

1. B.Tech(IT)- 69.96%
2. XII- 61.6%
3. X- 90.6%

Awards & Achievements:

1. Constantly awarded top performer award
2. Certified Hadoop developer
3. Winner of several intra-organization sports events

School Preference:

I am mainly looking for a 1-year (at max 15-months) MBA program preferably in English speaking country. I am not looking for US or UK colleges as there are certain work permit related issues. I want to work in consultancy or data analytics. And as one needs to be fluent in local language to fetch consultancy jobs, so I am preferring English speaking countries. While selecting schools, I am feeling that taking GMAT is just 10% of the total effort :-). If I start taking language classes in India, will I be fluent enough to get a job?

Below are some schools that I am considering:

1. SDA Bocconi
2. HHL
3. Smurfit
4. Warwick (UK) --not sure about the Visa after graduation
5. Queen's (Canada)
6. SP Jain (India) as for ISB I've to wait till December for a decision

Based on your experience and research, you can suggest some schools if you want.

Thanks in advance.
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The schools that you have listed *should be* achievable with your profile but its hard to judge as they are not very traditional top programs. That being said have you considered the ASU MBA? It is a top 25 US MBA program and you can get an additional MS in data analytics which will STEM certify your MBA and extend your OPT for two years! And did I mention that the ASU Carey MBA fee is $0? Since becoming a fully gratis MBA, it has become more selective, but worth a shot. Also look at Foster, Seattle - it is great with Tech. So is Olin.


Hi Souvik,

Thanks for your input. As always, you have been a great help.
However, I have missed the deadlines for ASU & Foster. Olin is 2 year MBA.
Seattle looks fine to me. Is there any chance that you know about the avg placements stats of SeattleU ?

Also, fees for ASU is not $0, its around 1lakh USD. :-)

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souvik101990 wrote:

The schools that you have listed *should be* achievable with your profile but its hard to judge as they are not very traditional top programs. That being said have you considered the ASU MBA? It is a top 25 US MBA program and you can get an additional MS in data analytics which will STEM certify your MBA and extend your OPT for two years! And did I mention that the ASU Carey MBA fee is $0? Since becoming a fully gratis MBA, it has become more selective, but worth a shot. Also look at Foster, Seattle - it is great with Tech. So is Olin.


Hi Souvik,

Thanks for your input. As always, you have been a great help.
However, I have missed the deadlines for ASU & Foster. Olin is 2 year MBA.
Seattle looks fine to me. Is there any chance that you know about the avg placements stats of SeattleU ?

Also, fees for ASU is not $0, its around 1lakh USD. :-)

Many thanks,
Ankit Kaushik


Where did you see 100K USD for ASU? The ASU MBA program has been free for the last two years.
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Where did you see 100K USD for ASU? The ASU MBA program has been free for the last two years.


I saw it on their website, but in course details it has been mentioned that the course is free this year too.
Sorry for the confusion. I got an admit from HHL, Germany. As I am mainly looking for 1-year MBA, I am inclined towards ESMT too.

Any suggestions on HHL vs ESMT?

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Originally posted by ImAnkitKaushik on 19 Feb 2018, 01:23.
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